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Florida Minimum Wage Rising To $8.05

December 2, 2014 02:54
by Steven Bernstein  & David Buchsbaum
On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for employees working in Florida rises to $8.05 per hour. This represents an hourly increase of $0.12 over the current Florida minimum wage. The increase is tied to the rate of inflation over the prior year. Also effective on January 1, 2015, “tipped employees” in Florida who otherwise meet eligibility requirements for the tip credit under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be paid a direct cash wage of at least $5.03 per hour. This ...

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President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

November 24, 2014 00:17
by Rick Grimaldi
President Obama has announced his plan for what he says is a partial fix of the U.S. immigration system. Through this Executive Action, more than four million undocumented individuals will get relief from deportation and will have the opportunity to apply for temporary work authorization under what is being called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, strengthen border security measures, expand provisional wai...


Approved San Francisco Retail Workers Ordinance Means More Restrictions For Employers

November 21, 2014 07:42
by Juan Araneda
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to approve a city ordinance, which will create a number of obstacles for many businesses – including retail stores, restaurants, and banks. The ordinance, referred to as the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” will severely limit employers’ flexibility and discretion in hiring and allocating work hours among employees. In addition, employers will be penalized if they fail to meet the burdensome and intricate requir...


Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015

November 13, 2014 09:08
by Greg Ballew
On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips are calculated. The Missouri minimum wage law governs Missouri businesses except retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are less than $500,000. Per Missouri law, the minimum wage rate is calculated once a year and may increase or decrease based on the cost of...

Minimum Wage | Missouri


Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hikes In San Francisco And Oakland

November 6, 2014 08:34
by Juan Araneda
On Tuesday, San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted to raise the City’s minimum wage to $15.00 over the next few years. The San Francisco current minimum wage of $10.74 is already higher than both the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and California’s minimum wage of $9.00. Under the new law, wages will rise to $11.05 on January 1, 2015, then to $12.25 in May 2015, before increasing every year until they reach $15.00 in 2018. Read more.

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Earned Sick Leave Becomes Law in Massachusetts

November 5, 2014 05:15
by Rick Grimaldi
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot measure to provide earned paid sick leave to employees.  Effective July 1, 2015, employers with more than 10 employees will be required to allow all employees who work in Massachusetts to accrue and use up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year.  Employers with 10 or fewer employees will be required to allow their employees to earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick leave.   However, employers that already...


Could Paid Sick Leave Be Coming Statewide to New Jersey

October 13, 2014 06:41
by Jason A. Storipan
Currently, identical paid sick leave bills are pending in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly Labor Committees.  Recently, the Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing on its bill A2354.  The bill covers all employers that have employees within New Jersey, but bases the amount of time required to be provided on the number of employees.  A “small employer,” which is defined as an employer with an average of less than 10 employees during the past calendar year (or the curr...

New Jersey | Sick Leave


Pending Legislation & Regulations Will Impact Your Workplace - What You Need To Know

September 16, 2014 08:17
With the ever evolving legislative landscape at the federal, state and local levels, now, more than ever, it is critical for employers to state update-to-date on recent legislative developments. At the upcoming breakfast briefing, Fisher & Phillips attorneys, Rick Grimaldi and Gregory Hanscom, will provide a practical overview of recently enacted and pending legislation impacting the interests of employers in the Delaware Valley. In recent months, there has been significant legislative act...

New Jersey | Pennsylvania


Employees in California Now Entitled To Paid Sick Leave

September 15, 2014 01:25
On September 10, 2014, California Governor signed into law the "Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014." This law will require California employers to grant employees, including some part-time and temporary employees, at least three paid sick days each year.Beginning July 1, 2015, employees who have worked 30 or more days in California within a year of their employment will accrue paid sick leave. In anticipation of these sweeping new changes, California employers should update their ...


New Jersey Enacts "Bans the Box" Bill

August 14, 2014 05:09
New Jersey Rules About Learning the Criminal Histories of Jobs Applicants Are Changing New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees will be prohibited from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history in the initial employment application beginning on March 1, 2015.  New Jersey is the latest state to join a growing number of states that have enacted what is commonly referred to as “Ban the Box” bills. Read More About the Bill

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